The Cornerstone

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in his cupped hands; he was suddenly astonished to feel soft hair against his palms; he had never thought of such a thing. How had he suddenly grown so much older? A mustache--rather thin, however-- covered his upper lip; he stroked it thoughtfully with the tip of his finger.

As if he were reciting a litany, he said over all the names which his master had made him learn before his departure, the names he would have to include in his prayer when he stood, at last, before the Holy Sepulchre: Anslau, Thierri, Garin, Garnier, Thibaut, another Ansiau, another Garin, André, Pierre, Aioul, Jacques, Jacques again, Herbert, Aubert, Jean, Thibaut, Bernard; there were still at least twenty more and not a single one must be forgotten. Bertrand, too, although the master had not said so.

And it seemed to him that life was beautiful and that no more harm would come to him ever, since, on the morrow, he would behold Jerusalem.


BROTHER ERNAUT

O SOLE, true coronation with the crown of thorns, Father, see me now, free at long last and the world all mine, as it is Yours. What is there, now, which I do not possess? I am freed from all the bonds which limited my wealth--from name, goods, friends, desires. The crows of the fields are not poor, nor the flowers which scatter their petals on the road; the wind is no pauper who carries off the petals and sows the seed as he wills. Father, I am Your heir and all Your domains are mine.

"Father, each of these candles burning before Your altar is mine and burns in my heart. Each flagstone I tread is mine, and the stone which is wearing out my knees is part of my body, my staff and the rock to which I cling. Like the bread I eat and the water I drink, all Your world is my sustenance, earned with the sweat of my brow. Father, my sin is no more--for it is true that the boulder which crashes down a

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Part One 1
  • Farewell 3
  • A Bitter Love 7
  • Haguenier: I. First Encounter 14
  • The Feast of Wolves 19
  • Auberi 24
  • The Lady of Beauty 28
  • Haguenier: Ii. a Father and a Brother 32
  • Eglantine 38
  • Ernaut, or the Heavy Heart 43
  • Noble Youths and Maidens 48
  • The Bitter Cup 50
  • Arabesque 56
  • The Arrows of the Sun 62
  • Haguenier: Iii. First Rift 63
  • Devil in the Heart 71
  • The Body's Darkness 76
  • The Songbird 83
  • The Festival 92
  • Misunderstood 96
  • Pity 99
  • Haguenier's Marriage 103
  • Departure 107
  • A Lady's Game 109
  • Part Two 117
  • Misfortunes of War 119
  • The Burning Roads 126
  • Fear 140
  • Mélusine 144
  • Crow's Field 151
  • Reflections Upon the End of the World 158
  • The Heart of Diamond 162
  • Part Three 173
  • Bitter Blood 175
  • Crusade 179
  • Haguenier: Iv. the Widening Rift 182
  • Songs and Reveries 185
  • Obstacles 189
  • The Inheritance 195
  • Marie: Portraits 200
  • Ferret Heart 204
  • Haguenier: First Trial. the Oath 209
  • The Broken Body 213
  • Joceran Again 220
  • Haguenier: the Second Trial. A Taste of Paradise 224
  • The Black Mere 226
  • Haguenier: the Third Trial. Harshness 229
  • The World Turned Upside Down 234
  • Haguenier: the Fourth Trial. the Cup Withdrawn 236
  • Family Troubles 245
  • Haguenier: the Fifth Trial. Sacrifice 247
  • Nightmare 252
  • Herbert 258
  • Malediction 260
  • Haguenier: the Sixth Trial. Life Parts Lovers 271
  • The Fairies 281
  • The Storm 288
  • The Wolf 294
  • The Other Stricken Bird 300
  • Part Four 307
  • Marseilles 309
  • The Promised Land 335
  • A Masterless House 362
  • Herbert's Wife 369
  • The Bad Steward 373
  • The Stricken Man 378
  • Death Unwelcomed 391
  • Still Life 400
  • Pity 407
  • The Seventh Trial or Marie Crowned 413
  • Part Five 425
  • The End of Auberi's Service 427
  • Jerusalem 434
  • Brother Ernaut 445
  • The Last Pilgrimage 462
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